FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2020
ACA Urges Senate Support for Financial Relief for Healthcare Providers in COVID-19 Bill
Arlington, Va. – The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) urges doctors of chiropractic around the country to contact their senators in the U.S. Congress immediately in support of new legislation that offers a financial lifeline to rural hospitals as well as healthcare providers adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The legislation, known as the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, was introduced by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) to address the impending crisis facing the U.S. healthcare system as the spread of COVID-19 increasingly strains hospitals and individual providers, compromising their ability to meet the needs of patients now and potentially into the future.
The Bennet/Barrasso legislation would:
- Provide stabilization and relief for all ambulatory surgery centers and healthcare providers, including chiropractors, with an emergency, one-time grant equal to their total payroll from Jan. 1 - April 1, 2019.
- Provide funding for all ambulatory surgery centers and healthcare providers, including chiropractors, by authorizing the Small Business Administration to provide low-interest loans at a 0.25% interest rate that will not accrue until two years after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.
“Like many small business owners across the country, chiropractors are facing financial challenges that could lead to very difficult decisions down the road. This relief package offers many a real chance to make it through this crisis and continue to serve their communities,” said ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC.
To support the bill, chiropractors and their supporters should contact their senators via the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (or find your state senators' offices here) and ask them to include the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, sponsored by Sens. Bennet and Barrasso, in the current Senate COVID-19 relief package.
About the American Chiropractic Association
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional chiropractic organization in the United States. ACA attracts the most principled and accomplished chiropractors, who understand that it takes more to be called an ACA chiropractor. We are leading our profession in the most constructive and far-reaching ways -- by working hand in hand with other health care professionals, by lobbying for pro-chiropractic legislation and policies, by supporting meaningful research and by using that research to inform our treatment practices. We also provide professional and educational opportunities for all our members and are committed to being a positive and unifying force for the practice of modern chiropractic. To learn more, visit www.acatoday.org, and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.